About the TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC):
Kilgore College’s TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a one-stop shop resource center that provides FREE services to HS graduates, college students needing financial aid assistance or adults planning to enroll in college or vocational school.
The EOC staff will provide students with assistance in the following areas:
- Applying to College/Vocational School
- Applying for College Application Fee Waivers
- Completing the Financial Aid Applications (FAFSA)
- Assisting with Scholarship Searches
- Assisting with enrolling and taking College Placement Exams
- Understanding and correcting Student Loan Default
- Assistance or Referrals with applying for Adult Education (GED)
- In-person appointments are available at both Longview and Kilgore campuses. *
- Virtual Zoom appointments are also available by request.
*(Those choosing in-person appointments should follow COVID guidelines by wearing a mask, sanitizing hands, and practicing social distancing when possible.)
Students who apply for Kilgore College TRIO EOC services must be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident under the following guidelines:
- US Citizen
- US National (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain's Island)
- Permanent Resident (U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551C)
- Eligible Non-Citizen (Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service)
- Not eligible to be served are holders of student visas (F1, F2, J1, and J-2 Visas)
Each applicant must fall under one or more of three primary eligibility criteria:
1. First-Generation Criteria - Applying as a "first-generation” for the EOC program means:
- Neither your natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate four degree.
2. Low-Income Criteria - Applying as “low-income" for the EOC program means:
- Student falls within the 150% low income guidelines (EOC staff can help determine low-income eligibility).
3. Student Status:
- Adults over the age of 19 who do not have a secondary school diploma or its equivalent
- Adults over the age of 19 who graduated from secondary school and are not already enrolled in a postsecondary education program
- High school graduates who have not yet enrolled in a college, university or vocational school
- Currently enrolled college students who need financial aid assistance
For more information about Kilgore College’s EOC Program please contact Bindy Tice at (903) 988-7590 or email@example.com
The TRIO EOC program began on Sept. 1, 2021 with funding for five years provided by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. Fiscal year funding for 2021-22 is $232,050.